The following is a PowerPoint presentation created by the City of Richmond to share information on current and emerging development projects in the city:
At the February 20, 2018 Richmond City Council Meeting, the CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED TO EXPAND THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY ORDINANCE TO INCLUDE SIMS AND SIMILAR BUSINESSES “TO INCLUDE INDIVIDUAL FACILITIES THAT HANDLE, PROCESS OR STORE HAZARDOUS OR TOXIC MATERIALS.”
The City will also be creating an inventory of all CUP’s in the City of Richmond.
Mayor Tom Butt’s Special Business Roundtable is just one week away! Register for his final Business Roundtable of 2017, taking place on October 26th at Noon at The Shops at Hilltop. The event will take place in the mall’s community room, located on the second floor near the old JC Penney store.
The event will feature a presentation by the new owner-group of The Shops, LBG Real Estate, a branding and marketing presentation by Mayor Butt, an introduction of new mall tenants and a tour of the shopping center. Join us as we take a look into the future of The Shops and the branding of the Richmond community.
Admission to the Business Roundtable is $15. All proceeds go towards the Mayor’s Community Fund. Lunch is included with your registration. Follow the link to RSVP:https://fundraise.richmondcf.org/richmond/events/mayor-tom-butts-business-roundtable-luncheon/e148482
See you at The Shops at Hilltop!
A lot of people don’t know what the mayor does or even what the mayor can do. Many think the position is like a czar (“You’re the mayor, aren’t you; make it happen!”). Many people who want to develop a project in Richmond or want to sell an idea or a product to the City think the mayor is where you start. Lots of people just have a complaints, usually about streets, potholes, weeds, trash, junk cars, squatters, barking dogs or roosters, and the mayor’s office is easy to find and always accessible – physically, by phone or by email. We also provide a Community Resource Guide to help people find the department or service they need.
After over two years, even I am still learning what the mayor does, could do and should do. I hope this sheds a little light for those who are interested enough to read it. (READ MORE)
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Shoreline and Bay Yacht Tour!!
- City needs to increase revenues or it will have to cut services
- Reasons for increased costs – growing pension and retiree health care costs. This is due to a lower projected rate of return on investments.
- Per Karina Iofee, Bay Area News Group (02/28/17) “according to CalPERS, the state retirement agency, retirement expenses could exceed $70 million in the next four years, making up 41% of the City’s general fund, a trend replicated in other cities. An estimate by a financial consultant in fall 2015 determined that Richmond needs to shave approximately $15 million off its expenditures by 2021 to stay in the black. If not, it will likely have to cut jobs and reduce vital services such as libraries, recreational programs and street improvements.”
- Per Mayor Butt, “If the city focused as much on collecting money as it does on spending money, we could increase revenues by millions each year.”
- Mayor posted new sources of revenue include focusing on businesses that are operating without a business license – approximately 2000 businesses, csoting the city at least $1 million in revenues.
- “Anecdotally, I’ve heard that we have hundreds of marijuana cultivation businesses but we’re permitted for only one,” per Mayor Butt
- New developments are in pipeline, however slow to break ground.
- Warehouse vacancies at 2%
- New businesses – Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, Brothers Lighthouse Beers, Benoit Casper Brewing Company, Riggers Loft – 2 wineries and a cider company.
- Office vacancies at 20%.
- Homicides are up from 11 in 2011 to 24 in 2016 – 71% are shootings of men between 15-30 years of age. Most are gang related.
- More homicides are being solved by the RPD per Lt. Tan.
- A Rent Board is being established in the City. New Rent Control and Just Cause for Eviction Law in place – restricts rents from being increased by more than 2% of CPI each year, and, bans landlords from evicting tenants without a valid cause. This is being challenged by California Apartment Association which cites that it is unconstitutional and violates property owner’s rights.
Council Of Industries
for March, 15, 2017
The Council of Industries Of West Contra Costa County
Invites you to our
WEDNESDAY – MARCH 15TH
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Come and meet newly elected
CITY OF RICHMOND COUNCIL MEMBERS
BEN CHOI AND MELVIN WILLIS
Enjoy a roundtable discussion with our newly elected councilmembers – we are asking each representative to please provide a 2 min highlight of your business, what you do, # of employees, # living in Richmond and West County, your community and neighborhood outreach programs. Feel free to bring company brochures and handouts.
Date: Wednesday – March 15th
Place: Hotel Mac – Upstairs Banquet Room
[50 Washington Ave, Pt. Richmond]
$40 Members $45 NonMembers
RSVP online now, or
Bring a check made out to “COI” or pay with a credit card at the event.
Date: Tuesday 2/6
Time: 6:30 PM
Place: City Council Chambers ( 440 Civic Center Plaza)
Nat Bates: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Jovanka Beckles: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Gayle McLaughlin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jael Myrick: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Vinay Pimple: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
|I.||CITY COUNCIL CONSENT CALENDAR|
|I-8.||INTRODUCE an ordinance (first reading) amending Richmond Municipal Code Section 2.50 (Business Opportunity Ordinance) to extend the expiration date to December 31, 2020 – Employment and Training Department (Sal Vaca 307-8006).|
Added a small business incentive component to City of Richmond Projects. This extends the expiration date of the ordinance.
|I-9.||ADOPT an ordinance (second reading) adjusting and setting the fees as outlined in the proposed Richmond Fire Department Prevention Services Division Fee Schedule – Fire Department (Chief Adrian Sheppard 307-8161).|
“The proposed Fee Schedule adjusts user fees by the Employment Cost Index (ECI), based on an inflation factor of 1.02445%. Many of the fees increased in July 2016.
The amounts reflected in the proposed Fee Schedule were adjusted in an effort to more accurately collect at a rate commensurate with the City’s costs in providing services.
An analysis was performed by taking evaluating the number of hours and related expenses required to complete each service. ” See two attachments.
- Ordinances – contains three ordinances regarding housing: L-1 Relocation Requirements for Tenants of Residential Rental Unites, L-2 Fair Chance Access to Affordable Housing”, Neighborhood Permit Parking Program.
|M.||COUNCIL AS A WHOLE|
|M-2.||REVIEW the fiscal year 2016-17 first quarter operating and capital improvement budget and APPROVE the proposed fiscal year 2016-17 budget adjustments – City Manager and Finance Department (Bill Lindsay/Belinda Warner 620-6740).|